Burundi – what’s next?

Burundi – what’s next?

Fighting has once again broken out in the capital of Burundi, killing several people. The assault began when gunmen attacked two military sites in Bujumbura during a coordinated onslaught. Violent acts such as this are happening far too often in this small east African country. Since Pierre Nkurunziza announced he…

Obama speaks of violence in Burundi

“Burundi is a proud and beautiful country. But in recent months, the future of the land you love has been put at risk. Leaders have spewed hateful rhetoric. Terrible acts of violence have taken the lives of innocent men, women and children. From Burundi’s painful past, we know where this…

Concerns over violence in Burundi

Concerns about violence in Burundi are continuing to increase. Yesterday, a son of a Burundian human rights activist was killed after he was arrested, reported AP. United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon released a statement yesterday declaring that “the recurring violence and killings in Burundi must stop”. The statement continued…

Burundi: crashing into chaos once again

Burundi — What does a despot do when he knows his last term to rule his people has ended and that he isn’t really going to be the right leader sitting on the throne anymore? Especially if he is fearful of what “enemies” he has made in the process of…

Ignatius Ssuuna

Ignatius Ssuuna is an investigative journalist based in Rwanda.

Burundian government support dialogue with opposition

Senior Burundian officials have announces they are in support of dialogue with the opponents of President President Pierre Nkurunziza’s administration. “Political dialogue is an ongoing process in Burundi. We have remained open and ready to talk to whoever has a stake in this crisis,” the government spokesperson, Gervais Abayeho, told The…

Burundi: Third high-profile attack in three days

Yesterday, Reuters reported that a leader of the Burundi’s ruling part was attacked and killed in the capital, Bujumbura. This is the third high profile attack and the second resulting in death, in the past three days. The president of the CNDD FDD chapter in Kanyosha district, Come Harerimana, was…

Gunmen kill ally of Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza

Yesterday, gunmen wearing military uniforms shot and killed a former Burundian security chief and close aid of Burundi’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza. The General, Adolphe Nshimirimana, who was in charge of Nkurunziza’s personal security was killed in a car along with three body guards. Four attackers in military clothing sprayed the…

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza wins third term in office

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza wins his third term in office in disputed presidential elections. The results were announced on Friday by Burundi’s electoral commission. The elections have been marred with violence and were boycotted by Nkurunziza’s opposition. Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, the head of the electoral commission, told reporters on Friday…